Divya, what do you do at the ProVeg Incubator?
As the Senior Investment Manager, I am in charge of evaluating companies to facilitate ProVeg’s investments in the plant-based and cultured food sector. I also help with assessing startups that have applied to our programme.
Once the programme begins, I work closely with the founders to help understand their needs, focus their strategy, and to support them. Apart from these focus areas, I have also been collaborating with the team to design and implement processes that would help us in our evaluations.
How did you land this position?
After completing my Masters in Business Administration, I worked across roles in mergers and acquisitions, corporate credit rating, and risk advisory. Having worked only in the finance and consulting space all my life, I was looking for a change – something that would help me make a difference.
Around this time, I was educating myself on climate change and animal welfare. Finally, in 2019, I made the decision to move to a plant-based lifestyle.
I started attending events on the topic and at one such event, I met Albrecht, the Head of ProVeg Incubator, and we stayed in touch. A few months later, I found out that this position as a Startup Analyst had opened up and I had to give it a shot!